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Atlanta, GA – Cardi B was recently put under the social media microscope after old footage of her questionable past resurfaced.

In a 2016 Instagram Live video, she admits to drugging and robbing men she’d lure to random hotels on the premise of sex.

On Tuesday (March 26), the “Bodak Yellow” phenom wrote a lengthy Instagram post about the video and explained she felt she had no other option at the time.

“So I’m seeing on social media that a live I did 3 years ago has popped back up,” she began. “A live where I talked about things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a living. I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world wit a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my shit.”

Cardi went on to say Hip Hop culture is littered with confessional lyrics about drugs and violence, something she feels is often exalted. In her defense, she points out she never glorified anything she did in her past within the context of her music.

“Im apart of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are,” she continued. “There are rappers that glorify murder violence drugs an robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive. I never glorified the things I brought up in that live. I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.

“I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options. I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive. The men I spoke about in my life were men that I dated that I was involve with men that were conscious willing and aware. I have a past that I can’t change we all do.”

In the Instagram caption, Cardi wrote, “All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.”

As a result of the tape, a #SurvivingCardiB hashtag started making the rounds, a nod to Lifetime’s damning Surviving R. Kelly documentary. Fans, of course, are divided on the issue. Some can’t believe the Grammy Award winner engaged in that kind of behavior, while others are accusing her of being a rapist.

Check out some of the reactions below.

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